June – Week 1

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11th June 2017:

  1. UK Foreign Minister Boris Johnson expressed support for Prime Minister Theresa May after reports that several cabinet members asked Johnson to replace her
  2. Three US soldiers have been killed during a firefight with an Afghan soldier in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan., for which the Taliban has taken responsibility for their deaths
  3. US special forces are helping the Philippines Army’s efforts to get rid of Islamist militants in the south of the country
  4. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that the visa free regime with the European Union came into force today
  5. Russian federal health and epidemic watchdog Rospotrebnadzor warned about the increase in the rate of cholera infection in Yemen and asked Russian citizens to consider this data when planning foreign trips
  6. French voters in the country’s metropolitan area have started casting ballots in the first of two rounds of a parliamentary election with almost 67,000 polling stations open since 8:00 a.m. Paris time
  7. A suspect in last Saturday’s terrorist attack in London had been trying to get a job with a security company, who provides contractors for the Wimbledon tennis tournament and Premier League football clubs
  8. German authorities arrested a 23-year-old Syrian national on suspicion of being an active Daesh member
  9. Turkish police detained 18 people suspected of links to the Daesh terrorist group
  10. Doha thanked Moscow for offering food supplies following the diplomatic row with other Arab states, however, their help is not needed at the moment



10th June 2017:

  1. Japan, China and South Korea have announced that they have teamed up for a joint scientific study in the Arctic Ocean to lay the groundwork for future resource development and the opening of new shipping routes
  2. The Austrian authorities adopted a law banning wearing burkas in public places, local media reported
  3. A total of 41 Daesh personnel have been arrested in Iran following the deadly terrorist attacks which hit the capital, Tehran
  4. Brazil’s top court ruled not to remove President Michel Temer from office over claims of illegal campaign financing
  5. US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley has notified Congress that the service needs to boost its active forces by up to 74,000 more troops over the next 10 years to tackle the increasing demands on the operational force
  6. The terrorists who killed eight people in London last week planned to cause greater damage by using a larger truck and bottles filled with flammable liquid, British police said
  7. Russia and China have formed the China-Russia Commercial Aircraft International Co (Craic) to produce a twin-aisle airliner that is seeking to break the dominance of Airbus’ A380 and the Boeing Dreamliner
  8. US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau and other officials in Canada where they agreed to enhance collaboration ahead of upcoming NAFTA negotiations
  9. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called on Gulf Cooperation Council members to cooperate to resolve the Qatar crisis that has been unfolding since a number of Arab states severed diplomatic ties with Doha over its alleged support for terror organizations
  10. The Bulgarian leader said he would “gladly endorse” lifting of anti-Russia sanctions, though noting he couldn’t initiate that process
  11. Discussions have recently been revived on the possibility of bringing the once abandoned South Stream gas pipeline project back to life
  12. Doha hopes to continue carrying out a constructive dialogue with Moscow on key regional issues, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed Al Thani said during a meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
  13. UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s closest advisers and co-chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, both announced their resignation on Saturday following this week’s snap election, in which Conservatives lost the parliamentary majority
  14. Tehran stands for maintaining Iraq’s territorial integrity, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said, stressing that Iraqi Kurdistan is an integral part of Iraq’s territory
  15. The Iraqi federal police have liberated one of the last remaining neighborhoods of Mosul, Zanjili, from Daesh terrorist group



9th June 2017:

  1. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his plans to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in in the near future to discuss regional security issues and bilateral relations
  2. Poland will hold a referendum on accepting refugees if the European Union continues to exert pressure on Warsaw, Polish President Andrzej Duda said
  3. Chinese President Xi Jinping in the framework of the SCO summit has called for a deeper cooperation with Afghanistan in security issues and fight against terrorism
  4. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko may meet French leader Emmanuel Macron in the near future, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin said
  5. Saudi Arabia’s crackdown on Qatar is driven by the House of Saud’s extreme fear for the Muslim Brotherhood, the Doha-supported organization that could become the major power in the Middle East
  6. President of Russia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCI) Sergei Katyrin said that the countries that are comprising the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) should form a common system of national rating agencies.
  7. Russian President Vladimir Putin held a bilateral meeting with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in Astana
  8. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met with his Iranian colleague Mohammad Javad Zarif on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit
  9. The European Commission president said that Europe couldn’t “outsource” its defense in a changing global landscape
  10. Catalonia will hold a unilateral referendum on independence on October 1, 2017, if it does not reach an agreement with the central government to carry out a consultation in an agreed manner, the president of the country’s autonomous region of Catalonia, Carles Puigdemont Casamajo, said
  11. Russia and China continue to stockpile gold in a bid to cut their economies’ dependency on the US dollar in the future
  12. Leaders of the member states of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) have signed the decree on admitting India and Pakistan to the bloc
  13. Speaking to reporters after talks with his Slovakian colleague Miroslav Laicak, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov complained about what he described as the US and the EU “hell-bent” on drawing the Balkan countries into their fold
  14. The expansion of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) membership will make the organization more powerful and influential in the political, economic and humanitarian fields, Russian President Vladimir Putin said
  15. US President Donald Trump and his Romanian counterpart, Klaus Iohannis, addressed the press from the Rose Garden.
  16. The US-led coalition has explained why it used white phosphorus rounds in Syria’s Raqqa



8th June 2017:

  1. The US Army is offering soldiers up to $90,000 in bonuses to re-join its ranks in an attempt to reverse the military downsizing that occurred during Barack Obama’s presidency
  2. A Chinese hospital announced on Tuesday that doctors have recreated a breast for a cancer patient using 4D printing
  3. The plane of then-Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashed in 2010 because the flight’s altitude was below safety limits, which caused a collision with a tree, Alexei Morozov, the chairman of the technical commission of the Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC) said
  4. Lawmakers in Ukraine have passed a bill securing the country’s aspirations to become a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member
  5. Several Chinese companies have already become residents of Russia’s Free Port of Vladivostok, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said
  6. Finland has announced plans to build a Hyperloop connection to Sweden in order to cut the travel time between Helsinki and Stockholm to only 30 mins
  7. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic called on the leaders of the Western Balkans states to consider the idea of establishing a single economic zone in the region
  8. Moldova will be granted observer status in the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) during the meeting of the EAEU members states’  in October
  9. Serbia has launched a team of lawyers tasked with the preparation of a lawsuit against NATO over the damage it had caused to the country during the 1999 bombing campaign
  10. The State Department said that Washington is working to try to rebuild lost trust with Moscow


7th June 2017:

  1. Israel conducted a surprise two-day drill to test its military’s readiness for war
  2. “Now China leads,” French President Emmanuel Macron warned when US President Donald Trump couldn’t be convinced to stick with the Paris Climate Accord
  3. The Pentagon claimed in an annual report to the Congress that Beijing is seeking to establish more military bases in friendly countries
  4. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised that the construction of Israeli settlements will go on and that the enterprise will be safeguarded
  5. The US House of Representatives unanimously passed a resolution calling for the perpetrators of an attack on protesters by security guards at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in Washington, DC to be brought to justice regardless of diplomatic immunity
  6. The Pentagon is making a last ditch effort to keep pilots from leaving the Air Force by offering significant financial incentives
  7. Veronika Nikishina, the minister for trade of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC), said that the agreement between EAEU and China is the first step toward the potential creation of a free trade area.
  8. US Attorney General Jeff Sessions offered his resignation to US President Donald Trump just before his first foreign trip and came in response to the president’s negative reaction to the fact that Sessions decided to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference
  9. French police found a video recording proving the Notre Dame Cathedral hammer attacker’s links to Daesh during a search in his house
  10. The Iraqi Kurdistan authorities have reportedly decided to hold an independence referendum on September 25.
  11. Hyperloop One, a proposed futuristic capsule, that will deliver people and cargo through a pod-like vehicle in a reduced-pressure tube that could potentially exceed airliner speeds, has revealed its shortlist of European routes that are being considered
  12. Ahead of the much-touted trip of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba will land in Israel next week on a four-day visit to review the progress on ongoing projects and initiatives
  13. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that Moscow will not unilaterally cancel the visa regime with the countries of the European Union



6th June 2017:

  1. A 25-year-old government contractor with top secret security clearance was arrested and charged for taking classified national defense information and leaking it
  2. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to keep the Israeli military control of territories seized during the 1967 Six-Day War with or without any future agreements with the Palestinians
  3. NATO could effectively help the anti-Daesh fight by paying attention to its own geographical region, Europe in particular, and sharing intelligence to capture terrorists, retired US Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Karen Kwiatkowski said
  4. The US authorities were aware of the support granted by Qatar and Saudi Arabia to the terrorist operating in the Mideast countries, the leaked e-mail of ex-State Secretary Hillary Clinton published by WikiLeaks whistleblowing platform showed
  5. Russia’s Space Forces detected all ballistic missile and space rocket launches in 2016
  6. Following the Netherlands’ March 15th general election, June 6th marks 83 days since the vote and the country still has no government. Talks are scheduled to recommence, led by a new negotiating team.
  7. The Russian president, Vladimir Putin said he supports the idea of stripping those convicted of terrorism of citizenship
  8. France will get rid of the fiscal advantages it has provided to Qatar since the presidency of Nicolas Sarkozy, a move which comes a day after a number of nations, including Qatar’s closest neighbors on the Persian Gulf, broke off diplomatic ties with the peninsular nation
  9. The United States and Russia agreed on the need to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, US Ambassador to Russia John Tefft said
  10. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stated that Russia could introduce visa regime with Ukraine only as reciprocated response.
  11. US President Donald Trump stated that the actions against Qatar could become the beginning of the end of terrorism.
  12. Russia will consider the restoration of the previous level of contributions to the Council of Europe (CoE) as soon as a constructive dialogue within the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) is reestablished
  13. Steven Meyer, former CIA deputy chief of the Balkan Task Force, believes that the only way to ease tensions in the Balkan region is to yet again redraw the borders of former Yugoslavia creating a confederation of Orthodox nations in response to the emergence of the so-called Greater Albania
  14. The US Department of State said that despite Qatar “made some great efforts to try to stop financing of terror groups,” it still has more work to do to accomplish the goal
  15. Russia will demand convening an urgent meeting of the UN Security Council in the wake of a fresh US strike on pro-government forces in Syria as it is a fragrant example of military aggression, a senior Russian lawmaker said


5th June 2017:

  1. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to buy only brand-new military equipment to fight terrorism, rather than accepting second-hand weapons from the United States
  2. Vladimir Putin said that Barack Obama changed his position on the alleged Russian interference in the US presidential election after the two had a conversation
  3. Qatar protested the “unjustified” decision of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with the country
  4. Lithuania announced it is starting to build a fence on the Russian border
  5. Russia will closely examine the claims by Arab and Gulf states that Qatar sponsors terrorism, Russian upper house Defense and Security Committee chair Viktor Ozerov said
  6. Moscow is interested in maintaining good relations with all countries in the Middle Eastern region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said amid the Qatar diplomatic row
  7. Polish Interior Minister Mariusz Blaszczak has called for Europe to make “Christian values” a priority and end mass Muslim migration to the continent
  8. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to hand over more powers to Britain’s intelligence agencies and police to beef up the country counterterrorism operations, following the third terrorist attack in as many months, drawing criticism from human rights groups who say she is undermining the very values she seeks to defend
  9. Vera Podguzova, the director of external communications at the Russian Export Center (REC), stated that the Made in Russia” brand may appear on the European market in 2017-2018
  10. A prominent US think tank is claiming that in 1967, Israel made plans to set off an atomic bomb if it appeared they would not emerge victorious from the Six Day War
  11. The leaders of Russia and Turkey have held talks to completely restore bilateral trade and economic ties, including the work on the Turkish Stream gas pipeline project